Norway: 4 PHD POSITIONS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY

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Faculty of natural science and technology
Department of Biology


4 PHD POSITIONS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY


1 PhD Position in Functional Genomics, ref.no. NT-52/08

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One PhD positions in functional genomics/molecular
biology/bioinformatics is available at Department of Biology, for a
period of 4 years with 25% teaching responsibilities. The position is
linked to the Cell and Molecular Biology Group
http://boneslab.bio.ntnu.no/index.html at Department of Biology. The
PhD will be a part of an EU-project organized with 7 European research
groups coordinated by professor John Mundy. The project groups have
complementary competence (physiology, genetics, molecular biology,
functional genomics, bioinformatics). The overall objective will be to
analyze responses and adaptations in plants to combined stresses, and
to identify the level and functions of stress regulatory networks and
crosstalk. Both biotic (pathogens and insects) and abiotic
(unfavourable environmental conditions) stresses will be investigated.
Genomic approaches in the model plant Arabidopsis will be used to
provide the basic knowledge searched.

Plants are exposed to variable conditions and attacks from
pathogens, insects and grazing animals. Plants have developed complex
defence mechanisms including biologically active chemicals and physical
adaptations to deal with these variable stresses. Plants can attract
beneficial insects and repel other insects and have an innate defence
system specific for pathogens. In this project we want to study how
plants respond and control responses of multiple stresses. We aim to
identify signalling, processes and networks involved under various
stresses and to model how plants regulate and copes with stress.

The PhD candidate will mainly characterize transcriptional
responses and analyze these data in a global gene regulatory context.
Mutants and various biotic and abiotic conditions will be used to give
a functional knowledge of the stress responses. The positions require a
Master of Science (MSc/Cand scient) degree or similar within functional
genomics, molecular biology, cell biology, biotechnology or
biochemistry. The applicant must be qualified for the doctoral program
within these disciplines.

The project is a close cooperation between the Cell and
Molecular Biology Group and 6 other European research groups. Short
term visits to collaborating groups are expected. We will put emphasis
on composing a research team with complementary skills.

Questions regarding the position can be directed to Professor
Atle M. Bones atle.bones@bio.ntnu.no or Drs Ralph Kissen
ralph.kissen@bio.ntnu.no and Ishita Ahuja. Ishita.Ahuja@bio.ntnu.no.
More information about the Department of Biology is given at:
http://www.bio.ntnu.no/eng/

2 PhD Positions in Systems Biology, ref.no. NT-59/08

Two PhD positions in Systems Biology are available at Department
of Biology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, for a
period of 3 years with a possibility for an expansion to 4 years. The
position is linked to the Cell and Molecular Biology Group
http://boneslab.bio.ntnu.no/index.html at Department of Biology and is
a part of a Systems Biology program funded by the Norwegian Research
Council (NFR).
PhD position A is for an experimentalist skilled in functional
genomics. The preferred person has competence in at least one of the
fields of transcriptional profiling, metabolomics/metabolite profiling,
proteomics/protein profiling or bioinformatics. The work will include
high throughput analysis of cellular and molecular defence responses
using methods like DNA microarrays, GC-MS and LC-MS and development of
bioinformatics methods/tools related to these techniques.
Position B is for a person with good knowledge of tools and methods
used in bioinformatics/systems biology. The task is to set up molecular
level models of cellular and molecular defence system components based
on genomic scale data generated from mutants, transgenic lines and
abiotic and biotic stress induced biological material. This position
will use data generated by in house experiments and external sources to
study interaction patterns and predicted outcome of various components
and stimuli on host defence processes. Models generated will be used to
analyze the “host defence grid” of plants.
As a member of CMB group you will have access to state-of-the-art
facilities for genomics, molecular biology and molecular imaging.

The PhD candidates will work closely together and will be a part of a
team studying cellular and molecular organisation and function of
defence systems. And also together with a newly appointed systems
biology group headed by Martin Kuiper and their skills in modeling,
network inference and knowledge integration.

The positions require a Master of science (MSc/Cand scient)
degree or similar within bioinformatics, biomathematics/statistics,
cell and molecular biology, functional genomics or biochemistry. The
applicant must be qualified for the doctoral program within these
disciplines.

Questions regarding the position can be directed to Professor
Atle M. Bones atle.bones@bio.ntnu.no, associate professor Martin Kuiper
or Dr. Per Winge per.winge@bio.ntnu.no

1 PhD Position in Molecular imaging (Functional genomics), ref. no NT-60/08

One PhD position in Molecular imaging/functional genomics is
available at Department of Biology, for a period of 4 years with 25%
teaching responsibilities. The position is linked to the Cell and
Molecular Biology Group http://boneslab.bio.ntnu.no/index.html at
Department of Biology and the Subcellular Interaction and Imaging node
of The Norwegian Molecular Imaging Consortium (NorMIC)
http://www.ntnu.no/nt/forskning/normic.

The NorMIC facilities are equipped for confocal laser scanning
microscopy and multi-photon microscopy for imaging, as well as
Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy and Fluorescence Resonance Energy
Transfer (FRET) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). The Cell and
Molecular Biology Group has up to date facilities for molecular biology
and functional genomics.

The PhD will be a part of a FUGE program coordinated by professor
Catharina Davies at Department of Physics. The objective will be to
analyze protein-protein interactions and subcellular transport using
methods like BiFC (Bimolecular Fluorescence Complementation), FRAP and
FRET. Genomic approaches in the model plant Arabidopsis will be used to
provide the basic tools and knowledge searched.

The PhD candidate will make constructs for expression in
eukaryote cells and analyse expression patterns and interactions and
factors affecting expression and interaction. The positions require a
Master of science (MSc/Cand scient) degree or similar within molecular
biology, cell biology, biotechnology, biophysics or biochemistry. The
applicant must be qualified for the doctoral program within these
disciplines.

Questions regarding the position can be directed to Professor
Atle M. Bones atle.bones@bio.ntnu.no or Professor Catharina Davies
catharina.davies@ntnu.no

For all the 4 Positions:
The appointment of the PhD fellow will be made according to national
guidelines for appointment of PhD fellows at universities and
university colleges.

In order to be accepted as a PhD student the grades of the MSc project
has to be sufficiently high (in Norway: B/2.5 or better), or the
applicant has to document a similar level through later scientific
work. Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested
to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in
detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies
associated with the obtained degree:
http://ec.europa.eu/education/policies/rec_qual/recognition/diploma_en.html

The application must contain information on education, exams and
previous practice. Publications and other scientific works which the
applicant wishes to be taken into consideration must be attached to the
application. Multi-authored publications will be considered but, in
cases where the impact of the applicant on the publication is not
evident, a brief description of the role of the applicant in the work
should be enclosed.

The appointment will be in accordance to prevailing national
directives as PhD fellow at universities with supplementary directives
for NTNU. The applicant commit to participate in the organized doctoral
study within the employment period, and the employment presupposes that
the applicant is qualified for uptake to the PhD program at the
Faculty. A contract concerning the employment period and the work
duties of the fellow will be made.

The appointment will be made according to the general regulations
regarding university employees. The government work force of Norway
should reflect the diversity of the population, and this is an “Equal
Opportunities position”. The annual salary of the PhD position is NOK
353.000,- per year (code 1017, level 45 according to the government
pay-scale for university employees). There is 2% deduction for
superannuation.

Within the application deadline, applicants should submit the
application, a CV, certified copies of certificates of education and
other relevant documents, three referees with e-mail addresses and
phone number.

Further information about the Department of Biology can be found at: http://www.bio.ntnu.no/eng/

Applications and CV should be sent electronically through
www.jobbnorge.no. Reference number: NT-52/59/60/08. Application
deadline: 30.11.2008 or until candidates with the expected competence
have been hired.

Other publications should be marked with the reference number and sent
in 3 copies to Faculty of natural science and technology Norwegian
University of Science and Technology, 7491 Trondheim, Norway. These
documents will only be returned on inquiry.

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